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Africa's top shots: 17-23 February 2017

A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.

A praise singer in traditional dress chants praise from the public gallery in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa - Wednesday 22 February 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption A traditional praise singer chants from the public gallery in South Africa's parliament ahead of the finance minister's presentation of the budget on Wednesday…
Members of South Africa's National Ceremonial Guard take part in the annual National Defense Force Parade in Durban, South Africa - Tuesday 21 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption The day before, members of South Africa's National Ceremonial Guard take part in the annual National Defense Force Parade in Durban...
South African special forces soldiers perform an air stunt, hanging from a helicopter with weapons drawn in Durban - Tuesday 21 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption As part of the parade, South African special forces soldiers perform an air stunt, hanging from a helicopter with weapons drawn.
A professional windsurfer performs a loop in Cape Town, South Africa - Tuesday 21 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Unconnected to the military parade, a professional windsurfer performs a loop while riding south-easterly winds in the South African city of Cape Town on Tuesday.
Bagpipe players perform after Gambian President Adama Barrow (C) has taken the oath during his inauguration ceremony in a Banjul stadium, The Gambia - Saturday 18 February 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Bagpipes are part of the festivities on Saturday for the inauguration of Adama Barrow (C) as The Gambia's new president in a packed stadium in the capital, Banjul...
A man playing pool in Bakau, The Gambia - Monday 20 February 2017 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Two days later, a man in the Gambian town of Bakau takes aim as he begins a game of pool.
Youngsters stand next to a mural in tribute to Congolese rumba star Papa Wemba at Anoumabo district of Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Monday 20 February 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Also pictured on Monday, these children in the Ivorian city of Abidjan muck about by a mural tribute to Congolese rumba star Papa Wemba, who died while performing in the city last year.
A vegetable seller in Lagos uses an artisanal lantern - Monday 20 February 2017 Image copyright AP
Image caption A Nigerian vegetable seller in Lagos uses a home-made lantern on Monday as a work-around in a country where electricity remains a luxury for many...
A plantain and onion vendor plies her wares by lantern light in Lagos, Nigeria - Monday 20 February 2017 Image copyright AP
Image caption Another vendor at the same marketplace at least has an electric lantern so her customers can see her onions and plantains.
A cake for Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe with his portrait and the numbers 93 in Harare, Zimbabwe - Tuesday 21 February 201 Image copyright AFP
Image caption The top tier of a cake baked for Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe's 93rd birthday is decorated with his portrait by his office staff on Tuesday.
Africans Sudan and Senegal rest aboard Golfo Azurro, the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescue ship, after being rescued from a boat Sabratha on the Libyan coast - Thursday 23 February 201 Image copyright AP
Image caption African migrants, mostly from Sudan and Senegal, rest aboard a Spanish vessel after being rescued from a boat off the Libyan coast early on Thursday morning.
On Wednesday 22 February, neighbours of the dead cleric watch his funeral outside the Grand Mosque in Mansoura city north of in Cairo. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Onlookers in the Egyptian city of Mansoura on Wednesday watch the funeral of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, who died in a US federal prison over the weekend...
Mourners carry the coffin of Omar Abdel Rahman aka the Blind Cheikh, an Egyptian jihadist spiritual leader linked to the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing, who died serving a life sentence in the US - Wednesday 22 February 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption The blind cleric, who preached at mosques in New York, was the mastermind of numerous bomb plots in the city in the early 1990s and was serving a life sentence.
A worker in Algiers removes national and German flags in Algiers, Algeria - Monday 20 February 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption A worker in Algiers removes national and German flags after the last-minute cancellation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Algeria on Monday.
Somali model Halima Aden presents a creation for fashion house Max Mara during a fashion week in Milan, Italy - Thursday 23 February 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption And Somali-American model Halima Aden brings a new look to the catwalk in the Italian city of Milan on Thursday. The hijab-wearing 19-year-old made her haute couture debut in Kanye West's New York show last week.

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